Jim Collins stated that a company does not go from good to great overnight but by relentlessly pushing a giant heavy flywheel in one direction, building momentum until a point of breakthrough. The power of momentum is evident in the Harvard Business Review’s (HBR 2017) ranking of the

Jim Collins stated that a company does not go from good to great overnight but by relentlessly pushing a giant heavy flywheel in one direction, building momentum until a point of breakthrough. The power of momentum is evident in the Harvard Business Review’s (HBR 2017) ranking of the
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Assessment 2

Essay: Leadership Success

Value: 30%

Length: 2500 words +/- 10%

Task

Jim Collins stated that a company does not go from good to great overnight but by relentlessly pushing a giant heavy flywheel in one direction, building momentum until a point of breakthrough. The power of momentum is evident in the Harvard Business Review’s (HBR 2017) ranking of the world’s best CEO’s. Judged solely on the basis of financial performance the top leader would be Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos. However the rankings are now based on not just financial but also on environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. This resulted in Bezos coming in at number 71.  According to the HBR researchers, the use of ESG information is driven by financial rather than ethical motives.

  1. In today’s turbulent world, how should the success of CEOs be evaluated?
  2. What are the challenges of focusing on just financial metrics to the long term success of organisations?
  3. What are the challenges leaders face in balancing financial and ESG performance metrics? Drawing on current leadership research (in the last 5 years) discuss how leaders should  address these challenges.

Use examples of three current CEOs (leaders), to support your answers to questions 1, 2 and 3. Critically evaluate how each leader’s practice of leadership impacts the success of their organisation.

Use relevant theories and concepts from across the subject but especially from weeks 6 to 9 in addressing this task

Rationale

This task has been designed to allow you to demonstrate the skills and knowledge needed to undertake an analysis of leadership in order to determine the effectiveness of leadership in today’s turbulent and complex environment.

It assesses the following learning outcomes:

    • be able to provide a comprehensive explanation of the role of leadership;
    • be able to critically analyse, in the context of the framework of relevant theories and research, current and projected issues which impact on organisational leadership and organisational success;
    • be able to synthesise issues for organisational leaders and evaluate plausible impacts requiring leadership decisions;
    • be able to explain the relationship between effective leadership and the success of organisations; and

Marking guide

CriteriaHigh distinctionDistinctionCreditPassFail
Evidence-based application of leadership theory and practices (15)

(Note: A minimum 10 references is required)

The paper shows comprehensive knowledge and understanding of relevant leadership theories and practices.

There is clear evidence of depth in critical thought, with quality supporting evidence.

An extensive range of high quality information sources is used effectively.

The paper shows wide knowledge and understanding of relevant leadership theories and practices.

Sound critical thinking is evident in applying theory and practice.

A wide range of quality information sources is used effectively.

 

The paper shows knowledge and understanding of relevant leadership theories and practices.

The argument demonstrates the ability to think critically about the application of management theory and practices. The sources used demonstrate the ability to be discriminating in the use of information.

The paper makes a credible attempt at applying relevant leadership theories and practices.  An attempt is made to apply critical thinking in the case analysis. A satisfactory range of source is used.Does not meet the minimum requirements for this criterion.
Research and professional communication (5)

 

The paper demonstrates excellent research and professional communication.

All sources are referenced fully and correctly using the APA6 referencing system.

The paper demonstrates a high quality of research and professional communication.

All sources are referenced fully and correctly using the APA6 referencing system.

The paper demonstrates sound research and professional communication.

All sources are referenced using the APA6 referencing system.

The paper demonstrates satisfactory research and professional communication.

A credible attempt is made to reference all sources using the APA6 referencing system.

Does not meet the minimum requirements for this criterion.
Evaluation of leadership theory and practices (10)Leadership theory and practise is evaluated fully using clear criteria and high quality evidence.Leadership theory and practise is evaluated fully using clear criteria.

 

Leadership theory and practise is evaluated using clear criteria.

 

A credible attempt is made to evaluate theory and practise.Does not meet the minimum requirement for this criterion.

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Jim Collins stated that a company does not go from good to great overnight but by relentlessly pushing a giant heavy flywheel in one direction, building momentum until a point of breakthrough. The power of momentum is evident in the Harvard Business Review’s (HBR 2017) ranking of the
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